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- ASIN : B014V7PXV8
- Publication date : October 9, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1061 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 104 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #128,666 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'll say the same thing I said about 5K: what I like about this book (apart from Chris's open and engaging style: seriously, if you're writing non-fiction, make it fun like this, not dry and boring) is that it's basically a bulleted list of how to win at words, except now, it's winning at life.
Why four stars not five? For me it was down to many of this tricks being ones I know. I still read it, and then re-read it, because it's easy to follow, written like he wants to get out of the way and make you better. I think the applicable nature of this will depend on your own personal journey; if you enjoy a very successful career (writing or otherwise) and are already highly productive, you might get less from it, but reminders are always good.
For that reason alone, you should buy the book. Even if you only pick up one thing from it (and you'll find more than that, trust me), it'll make you a better human.
Committing to a daily writing practice not only pays off, it pays off with interest. Once that writing habit is in place it will naturally grow, and writers improve with every draft. Thinking about writing doesn’t work. Only butt-in-chair time does.
But how to cultivate that habit? How to make writing such an ingrained part of life that a writer just naturally shows up at the writing desk every day? Fox takes readers step by step into forming and maintaining a writing practice.
It starts with an honest look at how you’re already spending your time. Then Fox helps you get clear on your goals, implement a tracking system, and find writing time. (Yes, he expects you to get up early to write. It works.) Along the way, Fox helps you gather support, banish distractions, and stay inspired. Some of his advice might seem unnecessary and a little new-age, but he argues that visualizing your dream is as important as any other step in forming a lifelong habit.
I often read business books and apply their lessons to writing. It seems that Fox does the same, because he references some of my favorites. He has synthesized all the best lessons from Eat that Frog, The Power of Habit, and Switch into one neat package, along with a big helping of Getting Things Done. Fox’s book is extremely practical, packing all his lessons and inspiration into a short ebook with no repetition and no fluff. LIFELONG WRITING HABIT is ideal for any writer who wants to put their butt in the chair every single day.
This book was so much more than I thought it would be. It was like a Tony Robbins book, but for writers. Short, yet very powerful. Something every writer should read. Too many authors wait for the inspiration to write, but if you want to be a successful author, you need to create lifelong habits. This book provides the keys to do just that.
It has to be more than inspiration, willpower, and motivation driving you to sit at the desk every day to write. That will only work for so long and then you're back in the same cycle you were before. Chris Fox helps you dig deeper so that you can build the habit and maintain it.
Very inspiration book but prepared to do the exercises if you're serious about changing your habits!!
I've read many writing craft books but, I will admit, I don't normally do the exercises. Which is stupid: how can I actually improve if I don't do what the book suggests? So this time I wrote down every single exercise (he helpfully groups them again at the end of the book to remind you to do them) and challenged myself to do at least most of them, writing down my answers after each task. So what did I learn? Duh: it makes a huge difference to actually do the exercises. I like that these start slow and work their way up to being more involved. I haven't finished all of them, but I already have a much better sense of where I've gone wrong and I've set up new habits of organizing and scheduling to improve my work flow and accomplish my goals (which -- again, duh -- I'm more likely to reach now that I've articulated them more clearly).
There isn't anything in this book that is shockingly new, which of course is also true for every other writing craft book out there (I know; I've read an awful lot of them). Fox doesn't offer a magic wand which will instantly make you a faster, more productive writer. However, he does offer advice and support and an interesting way of thinking about habits and patterns that helped me, even after reading all those other writing craft books and not really feeling motivated by them.
Maybe this will be the book that kicks your butt into a higher gear, too. Give it a try and see!
Top reviews from other countries
For twenty years, I have been writing very on and off. I would start the New Year with a promise to commit to writing but always found that the trials of the day would soon make me far too tired to even think straight once I had put the kids to bed. Then I would feel angry, frustrated, and depressed for letting myself down.
Chris’s book has shown me that I am not alone in my frustrations. He shows that it is possible to make writing a permanent fixture in your daily life. Another automatic daily activity like brushing your teeth or having breakfast.
This book shows there is a way to find at least one hour a day to write. That one hour every day is one-step closer to completing your novel.
I have taken Chris’s advice of taking a more organized structure to my daily tasks so as not to feel too overwhelmed. He also advises to go to bed one hour earlier and to then get up one hour earlier when your brain is most focused.
My routine is now to wake up at 5.30am, shower, eat breakfast, and then to be at my computer at 6am to write for one hour. It is great to then spend the rest of the day feeling satisfied that I have achieved that one-step closer to my dream.
I am now looking forward to reading his book 5,000 words per hour in order to make the most of the one hour all to myself.
Every writer knows the pitfalls and obstacles to writing consistently over time. Most people give up before finishing their first book. Not many keep going book after book.
Chris keeps incredibly productive. He shows me all the things I'm doing wrong and - more importantly - what I can do to put them right.
Feeling much more confident I can achieve more after reading this. Like 5,000 Words in an Hour, I'll keep dipping into it
The book is motivational and full of common sense - that is facts we already know arranged in a meaningful manner
Short - you can read it in an afternoon and the exercises are forever
Not a spoiler review - just a recommendation to splash out buy and read instead of watching an episode of Sherlock Holmes or whatever your weakness is ;-)
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